Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Extras sought for ‘When We Rise’

A scene from the 1979 White Night Riots. Photo: Dan Nicoletta.

A scene from the 1979 White Night Riots. Photo: Dan Nicoletta.

Filmmakers today (Wednesday, April 20) put out a call for extras in San Francisco to appear in When We Rise, the ABC-TV miniseries based in part on the memoir of Harvey Milk confidante Cleve Jones. Production is set to take place in San Francisco in late April and early May.

The scenes reenacted in the city are expected to include the 1978 Gay Freedom Day parade, as the LGBT Pride parade was then known, as well as the 1979 White Night riots. The latter refers to the fiery battles between police and residents that erupted after a jury convicted Milk assassin Dan White only of manslaughter, rather than murder.

Producers are “seeking ALL races, genders and body types, but people with hair styles consistent with the 1970s are especially needed,” according to a note Jones posted to his Facebook page Wednesday.

Jones’ post indicated most work will be unpaid. People should plan to spend up to eight hours on the set, unless they sign up for a two-hour shift.

Those interested may send an email to and include:

– Name (in the subject line) and indicate whether you’re over 18

– Email and best phone number

– If you’re a member of the Screen Actors Guild and, if so, your SAG number

– A current photo (selfies are fine).

– Were you referred by cast or crew?

Jones’ Facebook note says the film will chronicle “the personal and political struggles, setbacks, and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women.”

Milk became the first out LGBT elected official in California when he won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1977. White, a former supervisor, assassinated Milk and Mayor George Moscone in City Hall in November 1978.

After Milk’s death, Jones, who lives in the Castro, went on to become a well-known AIDS and labor activist, founding the AIDS quilt. His book is set to be released on his 62nd birthday, October 11.

Dustin Lance Black, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for the 2008 Milk biopic, also wrote the screenplay for When We Rise.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 20, 2016 @ 4:50 pm PST
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